Malaga vs Sporting Gijon
Spanish La Liga 2016/17
Date: Friday, 4th November 2016,
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK
Venue: Estadio La Rosaleda, Malaga.
Malaga are slowly turning on the heat after a horrendous start to the 2016/17 league campaign. The Boquerones, who were without a win in their first four fixtures have now picked up 3 wins and a draw from their last 6. They were totally outplayed by Atletico Madrid 4-2 in the last week’s fixture at the Vicente Calderon, which is only their first defeat in four games. The positives for Juande Ramos and his team is their strong home form as they have picked up three straight wins in the last three matches at the Rosaleda.
Sporting Gijon look like the bookie’s favourite to relegate from La Liga at the end of this season. They are currently 18th in the standings with 9 points from 10 matches. And 7 of those 9 points came from their first three matches of the season when they surprised everyone by picking up 2 wins and a draw. Since then they were on a 5 match losing streak, which is now bettered with 2 draws from the last 2. They held Sevilla to a 1-1 draw last weekend, arguably their best result this season since matchday 3.
Malaga vs Sporting Gijon: Head-to-head Stats
The last four La Liga matches between Malaga and Gijon were won by the home side by a 1 goal margin. Both fixtures of last season saw a 1-0 score-line.
Malaga are unbeaten at home against Sporting Gijon in the last 8 meetings in all competitions. The last 3 are wins with clean sheets and their overall record during the period is 5 wins and 3 draws.
Only one of the last 8 meetings between these two sides at the La Rosaleda have witnessed over 2.5 goals.
Malaga vs Sporting Gijon: Prediction
Malaga are coming on the back of a 3 match winning run at home, scoring a total of 8 goals. And they have a formidable home record over Gijon in competitive fixtures.
Gijon are a side without a win in 5 away games this season. The visitors are also under tremendous pressure as they stay close to the relegation zone. For the same reasons, Malaga looks good for a win, but the goals will be far and few as we have seen in previous meetings between the sides.
Malaga vs Sporting Gijon: Bet Tips
Malaga to win at 1.75 (3/4)
Under 2.5 goals at 1.75 (3/4).